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 Post subject: Dying frosted detail?
PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2013 6:13 pm 
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I recently got an order in from shapeways of a custom keycap I made in the shape of a 3x3. I had to print in detail though and I wasn't sure if dying frosted detail (not ultra) is safe for the part. I tried using a sharpie but it doesn't work. It just comes out translucent dark purple.
Does anyone have experience with this or have any theories? I'm grateful for any help.

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 Post subject: Re: Dying frosted detail?
PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2013 6:37 pm 
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Frosted detail is made out of a acrylic polymer that has been cured with a UV lamp.

Acrylic can't be boiled or heated too much or it badly deforms. Acetone and other strong solvents also totally destroy it. Last time I used acetone on acrylic it caused it to deform and flake apart into a mush of soft acrylic chunks.

You need to use a disperse dye.

A lot of instruction online involve boiling or using very hot water. I'm not sure if these instructions are fabric specific but if you boil a frosted detail printed part you'll destroy it.

Looks like Jacquard iDye Poly is the easiest one to find. It'll probably take some experimentation to find a process that works.

EDIT: see here for more details: http://textilelearner.blogspot.com/2012/01/dyeing-of-polyester-fabric-with.html

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 Post subject: Re: Dying frosted detail?
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Oh wow, I'm glad I asked before going ahead with it. I will probably just end up painting it then.
Thanks for all the helpful info! :D

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